As un-American as it sounds, I’m beginning to question the notion of unalienable rights – at least, how we understand those rights today. Sure, it’s enshrined in our Declaration of Independence – that our Creator has endowed all men with certain “unalienable Rights.” And, among these are “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Yet today, people appeal to these rights to support gay marriage, abortion and even emancipation of children from parents. In fact, in some countries, states have forced homeschooling families to put their children in public schools, citing children’s personal rights as their basis.
Truth is, God’s less concerned with our rights than He is His glory. And, as His followers, this must be our priority too. The Apostle Paul understood this. That’s why he could command women to submit to their husbands; children, their parents; and even slaves, their earthly masters. As believers, we don’t serve ourselves; we serve God. Yes, we should lobby for a just society – and yes, we should respect the dignity of others. But, Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself . . .” Our rights are not absolute. And, if we think they are, then they’re idols.